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  CSPAN    Key Capitol Hill Hearings    Series/Special. Speeches from policy makers  
   and coverage from around the country. (Stereo)  

    November 20, 2013
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legislative work, continuing work on energy legislation. they plan to finish debate this afternoon on a bill increasing oil and gas drilling on federal lands and begin work on hydraulic fracturing. also today a debate on the rule for a bill that would limit the federal permitting process for natural gas pipelines. votes later this afternoon. now live to the house floor here on c-span. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013]
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the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by the guest chaplain, reverend dr. paul taylor from st. vincent arch abbey, letreau, pennsylvania. the chaplain: let us pray. e stand before you, o holy god, conscious of our sinfulness but aware that we gather in your name. come to us, remain with us, and enlighten our hearts. give us light and strength to know your will, to make it our own, and to live it in our lives. guide us by your wisdom, support us by your power, for you are god, our god, the holy god.
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you desire justice for all. enable taos uphold the rights of others. o not allow us to be misled by ignorance or corrupted by fear or favor. unite us to yourself in the bond of love and keep us faithful to all that is true as we gather in your name, may we temper justice with love, so that all our discussions and reflections may be pleasing to you and earn the reward promised to good and faithful servants. we ask this of you who live and reign forever and ever. men. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his
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approval thereof. pusuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approve the pledge of aleemings will be led by the gentlewoman from massachusetts, ms. tsongas. ms. tsongas: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. shuster is recognized for one minute. mr. shuster: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to introduce a good friend and community leader in my home state, reverend paul taylor and thank him for offering today's invocation. he made the trip to the nation's capital from the city of letreau, pennsylvania. for the past 17 years, reverend taylor has dedicated his life to the students and faculty at
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st. vincent's college. he's held several positions there, dean of admissions, dean of students and executive vice president. his civic engagement and enthusiasm for improving the lives of o's is not limited to higher education he also serves on the board to have directors for the hospital charity foundation. in his personal life he's an avid hunter and served as super to the six-time bowl champion pittsburgh steelers and leads mass before every football game. i'm proud of the work he's done in pennsylvania community and i'm privileged to call him my friend. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair will entertain 15 further requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise?
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without objection, the gentleman is recognize for one minute. >> mr. speaker, h.r. 2728, the protecting states rights to promote american energy security act is a commonsense bill that promotes energy independence, protects jobs and preserves states' rights. the 25th district of texas contains the barnett shale a major job creator, energy provider and driver in the oil and gas industry. mr. williams: reports show that 825 of the 1,622 active rigs in the united states are located throughout the state of texas. the shale oil boom in texas contributes to our nation's overall re-- ability to cut reliance on foreign oil and get one step closer to energy independence. i'll tell you one thing that can stop this prodepress dead in its tracks, however, that's red tape and federal bureaucracy. for years, states have gulated their own fracking
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administration. on the average it takes a state 30 days to promote permits for drilling. the bureau of land management take 2s28 days. subjects states to this is senseless, harmful, and unnecessary. this bill will prevent this i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from washington seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one inute. mr. mcdermott: as the diplomats gather in geneva today, i applaud their hard work in moving toward an interim agreement on the iranian nuclear challenge. after years of confrontation, today marks an important moment for all of us who support a diplomatic solution. we have spent a great deal of time to get to this place. taxpayer dollars, political capital, and global influence. we must not turn back now.
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right now, we have the maximum mount of leverage for a deal vis-a-vis iran without fracturing the international coalition. therefore we should focus 100% on reaching a deal in geneva under the p-5 plus one framework. it is absolutely critical. like using a wrench to tighten a nut, you can strip it if you push too hard. we have pushed to exactly the right point and i hope that we will be successful. we must, however, remember, mr. reagan said, trust but verify. it is possible to prevent nuclear problems if we trust but verify. and that's what these diplomats are doing. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> over the past year, i have
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heard from thousands of people in the dayton area affected by the unilateral and irresponsible spending cuts known as sequestration, which i have strongly opposed. among those are numerous business owners who have contacted my office with details about the need to cut hours and eliminate full-time jobs to keep their doors open in this time of budgetary uncertainty. because of this continued uncertainty and the military's inability to make commitments, thousands of jobs in the dayton area are at risk as we head into the second year of sequestration. many of these jobs are critical to the training and further education of the military personnel. our readiness and ability to conflicts are suffering. many more will suffer in 2013 as reductions in force will be necessary if the burdens of sequestration aren't lifted.
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i encourage members of the budget committee to find targeted and meaningful spending cuts to alleviate the pressure sequestration is having on dayton and similar communities across the country that serve as strong supporters of our military. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new hampshire rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one hin. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is reck thesed for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of this bill. earlier, the senate made history by passing employment protections for transgendered workers for the first time in history this bipartisan legislation is about one thing -- ensuring that all americans, regardless of who they are or who they love are treated with dignity and equality that they deserve. ms. kuster: last week, i heard
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from a teenager constituent in new hampshire who would be deeply impacted by this bill. this courageous young man is just beginning to search for his first job but he is worried that he will be at significant disadvantage right off the bat because he is transgendered. finding a job in tough economic times is hard enough without the obstacle of discrimination. we must work toward becoming a country that rewards the hard work of every person regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> another preventable tragedy. a young man searching for psychiatric help is turned away. according to news reports just 24 hours before this deadly incident, the young man
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underwent an emergency psychiatric evaluation but couldn't get the in-patient treatment he needed. his story ended like too many others suffering from serious mental illness -- in a violent death. why did the system fail him? mr. murphy: there were no psychiatric beds available. 55,000 beds e were oday less than -- $there are fewer. i'm introducing a bill to increase options and make that our people is get the help they need. i ask my colleagues to join me in working for these mental health reforms so families can share the joy of recovery insthofede sadness of loss. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from massachusetts seek recognition? >> i request permission to address the house for one mip. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for
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one minute. ms. tsongas: i rise to recognize national alzheimer's awareness month. one of my constituents, allen holbrooke, lost his wife this year after their family endured her eight-year battle with alzheimer's disease. bern det was diagnosed -- bernadette was diagnosed with alzheimer's at 57. he left his job to lovingly take care of her. for every person with alzheimer's there are approximately two or three others that generously give unpaid care. als him sers a disease that disproportionately impacts women. nearly 2/3 of those with the disease are women and that number is growing. today, five million people in this country suffer from the disease and it will likely be an estimated 15 million by 2025. this disease not only exacts a tremendous physical and emotional toll but a financial one as well. in 2013, the estimated direct cost just to take care of those with alzheimer's were $203
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billion. mr. speaker for the holbrookes and millions who suffer from alzheimer's disease we must dedicate ourselves toward curing and preventing this disease. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: wobs the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker if you like your health insurance plan, you can keep it. without the fine print. the american people were told repeatedly by the president if they like their health insurance plan, they could keep it this pledge didn't come with an ast risk a footnote or other fine print. now after millions of americans are receiving cancellation notices from their preferred health care plans, the white house is doing its best to insert fine print into this pledge where none ever existed. mr. marchant: the original pledge wasn't that most americans could keep their health care plan or that ores would lose their plans and
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given coverage the government thought was better for them. instead the white house is making excuses for why thousands of people in my district are losing their preferred coverage. i ask for the administration to stop making excuses and looking for ways to take my constituents' policies away. my constituents deserve the truth and real solutions. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. cicilline: earlier this year, i welcomed rhode island volunteers for the pancreatic cancer network to the capital to discuss our dedication to fighting this disease. 45,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer will be diagnosed this year. about 38,000 men, women, an children across our nation will
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die from it over this period of time. while we have made enormous tridse in -- strides in other forms of disease, 90% of pancreatic panser patients will die within five years. we must develop treatments to improve though prognosis for people with pancreatic cancer. i applaud the men and women of the pancreatic cancer group for their hard work. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the distinguished gentlewoman from north carolina seek recognition 1234 ms. foxx: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one-minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is reck thesed for one minute. . ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. a constituent wrote to tell me his insurance that's served him
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well will be replaced. he's pointed to an obamacare attorney that will cost $523 more a month. he writes, in return for this increase i get coverage i do not need. this one size fits you will insurance is paternalistic and restricting the choices of american citizens. doug was told his health insurance plan doesn't pass obamacare muster, either. a similar government sanctioned policy will cost him 200% more each month. doug wants to know, where's the savings president obama told me i would enjoy? as a single male with a suffering small business and monthly mortgage, i simply can't afford this. stephen and doug know better than washington bureaucrats what coverage will best meet their family and individual needs. they want the freedom to continue making that choice. the freedom to keep the plans they like, for good. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to
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address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman from is recognized for one minute. -- the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. wilson: mr. speaker, last week there was a ribbon cutting at miami international airport for 36 new customer service kiosks. while this was greeted with good news, there's still a great unanswered question. what happeneds to all the customer service workers that machines like this replace? it's the same story at grocery stores, drug stores, tollbooths, and so on. customer service jobs that used to be gateways to the middle class are increasingly being replaced with technology. mr. speaker, this is not bad news. time-saving technology must be created. constructed, maintained, and repaired, and this takes human labor as well. but we must train our work force to perform these jobs. this is the essence of the skills gap that's affecting our
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community. by cutting jobs, training programs, reckless budget cuts like the sequester are making it harder to close the skills gap and in time to reduce unemployment. the mantra of this congress should be jobs, jobs, jobs. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois -- without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to tell the story of one of my constituents, jane, whose health care plan was canceled in the wake of obamacare. here's a recent email she sent to me, i quote, i am a 61-year-old woman with a husband on medicare. the day before the exchange opened i received a letter from blue cross, blue shield informing me that my policy is no longer available. the policy that is closest in coverage is approximately 50% higher in premiums and had an almost 50% higher deductible. mr. hultgren: i feel it was unfair i was told i could keep my coverage if i liked it.
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i would also have to pay substantially more for the same coverage. i wonder if the administration thought about those of us who have to pay for our health coverage with no extra help. and how much more we would be paying, end quote. mr. speaker, this house passed h.r. 3350 so jane and others can keep the plan they want and can afford. the senate must act and not cover for the president who conceded he broke his promise to americans. let's give good news to americans. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from connecticut seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. himes: mr. speaker, since this congress convened, it has done nothing to help create jobs. in fact, through ill-advised and overenthusiastic cutting, the sequester, the shutdown, the threat to our full faith and credit, this congress has destroyed jobs. but, mr. speaker, what if i told you there was a jobs bill just sitting there ready to be passed? that would add almost $1
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trillion to our economy in a 10-year period? what if i told you this jobs bill would create 121,000 new jobs every single year for 10 years? what if i told you that this would also make us a more humane nation, that would strop the breakup of families and deportations of moms and dads and dreamers. what if i told you this jobs plan got 78 votes in the united states senate, a divided united states senate? of course i'm describing the comprehensive immigration bill which the speaker of this house refuses to bring up. there is no principled, no logical objection to this thing, there's scare tactics. the people with funny accents and names you can't pronounce will come and take your job. that's not true. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. himes: i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? mr. harris: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. harris: mr. speaker,
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american families are watching the train wreck of the president's health care reform law coming down the track at them each and every day. promises were made by the president and by supporters of the law that if you like your plan you can keep it. and promises were made the family plans would cost $2,500 a year less under obamacare. those promises weren't true. david in carroll county wrote me just this morning to let me know what his family is going through with their health insurance. david is self-employed and is married with three children. he likes his family plan. he doesn't think it's substandard in any way. but his family just got a cancellation notice. mr. speaker, they won't get to keep the plan they like. his new plan, which the federal government says that they have to buy, will cost $400 more per month. an increase of almost $5,000 more per year. not a decrease as the president promised. david's family is just a hardworking middle class family
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trying to make ends meet. mr. speaker, david and his family deserve better than broken promises. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to tout the very real benefits of obamacare. mr. takano: a constituent wrote to me saying quote the individual coverage i could afford as a healthy 54-year-old woman has been $418 a month with a $5,000 deductible. i avoided going to the doctor mostly for fear that if i used the insurance my policy would be canceled, end quote. she goes on to say, quote, recently anthem let me know i would have to change to a client plan. the plan they suggested is similar, but it will cost me $53 less each month. yes, less. most important, i know that it cannot be canceled, the peace of
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mind and security that these changes have given me is huge. end quote. mr. speaker, for the first time in decades, a single illness or accident will not plunge american families into financial ruin. the positive effects of obamacare are real, mr. speaker, and americans like kerry brooks are evidence of that. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? mr. duncan: i request permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. duncan: mr. speaker, yesterday the "washington times" reported that the u.s. is now spending millions on life skills and art seminars for prisoners at quantity quantity bay in cuba. the -- guantanamo bay in cuba. the paper said a contract is teaching get know basic landscaping, power point, microsoft power point, among others. last july the comptroller of the defense department reported that the cost of keeping guantanamo
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prison open during 2013 would be an astounding $454 million for just 164 prisoners. this comes after roughly $2.7 million per year for each one of these detainees held in the prison camp. this compares to $72,000 per year per prisoner in federal high security prisons. because the federal government is so wasteful and inefficient, states are housing state prisoners for half that amount. the taxpayers of this nation should not be forced to spend $454 million to give the good life to former terrorists. they should be sent to the most unpleasant prison in the u.s., but this and other abuses of u.s. taxpayers will continue until we drastically downsize the federal government and greatly decrease its funding. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the the gentlewoman from nevada seek recognition? ms. titus: unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. titus: recent the republican leadership handed out a blank piece of paper labeled agenda
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2012. blank means no goals, no plans, no immigration reform, no jobs, no nothing. well, i have a list of proposals that i'd like to write on that blank slate. proposals that would create jobs, grow the economy, and strengthen the middle class. so i'll start today by introducing commonsense legislation that achieves these objectives and invests in our country's ability to compete in the 21st century. the training highly skilled americans act would use revenue from h-1-b visa to promote stem education at minority serving colleges and universities and provide scholarships to minority students who are going into stem fields. science and technology companies are already paying our government to bring foreign workers to the u.s. to fill stem jobs so why not use some of these funds to train our own folks to have these skills to fill these jobs in the future? this is particularly critical for minority students who are significantly underrepresented
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in these fields. so let's open the door to stem education and strengthen our education and economic -- >> for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. burgess: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. burgess: i thank the speaker for the recognition. earlier this fall the president said, the affordable care act is more than a website. and that the problems with the website will soon be fixed. i don't disagree with either of those two statements. i don't understand the timeline involved because yesterday in the oversight and investigation subcommittee of the energy and commerce committee, the deputy chief information officer for the center for medicare and medicaid services told us that the website was launched but it wasn't finished upon launch. i have to ask, why in the world would they proceed with this if they knew it wasn't finished? when asked to give a percentage completion, it was confusing. his answer was either 40% or 60%. no one knows. here's the kicker.
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when you get to january, and providers, doctors, and hospitals are seeing patients who think they have coverage under the affordable care act, part of the problem with the unfinished website is there may be difficulty in delivering provider payments. that is an intolerable situation that must be resolved and must be resolved quickly. it could start with the administration being honest with the committee about where they are in the development of this website. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota seek recognition? mr. ellison: address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. ellison: mr. speaker, today world leaders are meeting in geneva to negotiate an agreement which could lead to the elimination or reduction in the threat of nuclear weapons in the middle east. this is a good thing. the goal of the negotiation is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, particularly those that are in the possession or could
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potentially be developed by iran. we don't want iran to have a nuclear weapon. we don't want -- we ourselves are trying to reduce stockpiles. so negotiations to prevent that are squarely within the united states' national security interest. the american people support these negotiations. a new "washington post" poll shows that americans want a negotiated deal with iran by a two to one margin. the alternative negotiation is not good. in fact, it could lead to war. americans do not want another war, and therefore negotiations are the right way to handle this particular problem with regard to the preventing iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. ellison: support negotiations. we do support them and hope they succeed. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker.
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recently i received an email from a woman in my district named shannon. she received a letter from her health care provider stating her current policy did not meet the retirements of the affordable care act, and she would have to choose a new plan or go to the health care marketplace to find coverage. she found a comparable plan that costs $400 a month more. this is outrageous. more than 300,000 floridians like shannon received letters that their plans were canceled. premiums and deductibles are increasing for countless americans. so many people received notices their plans were canceled. we have only begun to experience the devastating effects of this law. i submit the next concern of my constituents will be not only that they can't keep their health plan but they won't be able to keep their doctors. we need to get rid of this law and replace it with one that is actually consumer focused and market driven so that americans like shannon can get affordable health care coverage and keep their doctors. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition?
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mr. langevin: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. langevin: mr. speaker, many of my colleagues have highlighted the challenges of implementing the affordable care act at the federal level. while these must be addressed, i'd like to take a minute to highlight the successes we have seen at the state level in rhode island. although majority of states opted not to operate in exchange of their own, rhode island chose to be a leader in creating a state-driven, integrated marketplace to provide quality, affordable health insurance for its citizens. on october 1, health source r.i., the ocean state's online portal and health insurance marketplace opened for business. it has successfully enrolled over 5,000 residents to date without many of the issues plaguing the federal website.
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efforts are under way to improve and expand the rollout with our parters in. this has been a collaborative effort and i look forward to continuing our work together so individuals, families and small businesses can shop for insurance that meets their needs based on transparent, competitive pricing and robust coverage. thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from kansas seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. americans are working hard to make ends meet in this sluggish economy. in a clear -- and a clear, predictable prork-growth energy policy will help alleviate stress on american families as energy costs rise. most importantly, they'll create jobs and put americans back to work. there are several -- if you are looking for bills that promote job, there are several opportunities to vote yes this week in the house. the pipeline act, the
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protecting states rights to promote energy security act, all pro-growth, pro-energy policies the house will consider this week and will give my opportunities -- colleagues an opportunity to show they are supporting pro-jobs. these bills will promote natural gas pipeline, onshore energy production and eliminate duplicative and costly regulations that delay safe energy production on american soil. mr. speaker, let's unite on behalf of the american people and support these pro-energy growth, pro-job creation bills. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one inute. >> i rise to congratulate the teacher of the year. r the past 17 years, mr.
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armquist has been the drama teacher. mr. grijalva: his program and plays have won numerous awards from universities as well as regularly being named one of the best high school theaters in america by the american high school theater festival. he's known for staging productions on topics such as aids, environmental activism and immigration. we believes theater offers each student an opportunity to learn new skills and enhance his skills. as an educator he has influenced thousands of students to pursue a career that both challenges them but also brings them joy. i give my most sincere thanks d congratulations to mr. art arnquist for representing dueson. he exemplifies how a role model canned affect, change and shape the next generation. the speaker pro tempore: for
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what purpose does the gentlewoman from connecticut seek recognition? without objection the gentlewoman is recognized for ne minute. ms. delauro: next week we celebrate thanksgiving, a holiday in which we express our gratitude for all that life and this land have given us. we celebrate our good fortune with family, friends, and food. one of the most iconic portrayals of the day is norman rockwell's 1941 painting, "freedom from want" which shows a large family seated around a table getting ready to coverb a turkey. it was painted to depict what franklin roosevelt called one of the four essential freedoms, the freedoms americans would fight and die to protect in world war ii. roosevelt reminded us as americans that, quote, we cannot be content if some fraction of our people, whether it be one third or one fifth or one tenth is ill fed, ill clothed, ill housed and insecure.
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instead, after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward to new goals of human happiness and well being. mr. speaker, we are moving in the wrong direction. right now in america, 49 million americans, one out of every seven households in our country are struggling with hunger including 16 million kids. at this time of great need this body proposes to cut $40 billion from food stamps for four -- forcing four million low-income americans to go hungry. it is immoral. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from vermont seek recognition mr. welch: to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. welch: a recent study found that improving the airtightness in homes would achieve $33 billion in annual energy savings and across the country, 113 million homes use 23% of
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the u.s. energy. the largest potential is in the hottest and coldest climates. in vermont we're leading the country on energy efficiency that demonstrates potential home improvements have for saving money and protecting the environment. i've introduced bipartisan legislation with my good friend and republican colleague representative mckinley that would provide homeowners with an incentive to install precisely these kind of efficiency measures in their own homes. whatever your preferred source of nrnl we can all agree that using less energy is good for the taxpayer and the environment. this is something we can and should work together on accomplishing. i yield back and ask for per noigs extend my rashes by introducing the study. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new mexico seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for ne minute.
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ms. lujan grisham: november is native american heritage month and i rise today to honor the contributions native americans have made and continue to make to our nation's proud history and culture. earlier today we award the congressional golded me tool 26 tribes whose members serve as code talkers in world war i and ii including the pueblo of akama, one of 22 native tribes who call new mexico home. at a later date we'll honor seven more tribes. the code talkers proudly served our can'try with great honor and distinction. they transmitted vital information during some of the most dangerous battles including every assault the marines conducted in the pacific from 1942 to 1945. without the code talkers the world wars would have lasted longer and america would have suffered many more casualties.
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i am proud the code talker tribes are officially getting the thanks and recognition they deserve from a very grateful nation. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, by the direction of the committee on rules i call up house resolution 420 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 76, house resolution 420, resolved that at any time after adoption of this resolution the speaker may, pursuant to clause 2b of rule 18, delair the house resolved into the committee of the whole house on the state of the union on the state of the union -- resolved into the committee of the whole house on the state of 1900 ion to consider h.r. to -- for licenses and approval
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related to the sighting, construction or expansion of natural gas pipeline projects. the first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. general debate shall be confined to the bell and not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on energy and commerce. after general debate, the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. in lue of the amendment in the nature of -- in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute it shall be in corder to consider as an original bill for purpose of amendment urn the five-minute rule an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the tax of rule committees print 113-25. that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. all points of order against that amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived. no amendment to that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those
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printed in the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution. each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the house or in the committee of the whole. all points of order against such amendments are waived. at the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment, the committee shall rise and report the bill to the house with such amendments as may have been adopted. any member may demand a separate vote in the house on any amendment adopted in the committee of the whole to the bill or to the amendment in the nature of a substitute made in order as original text. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to
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final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions. section 2. on any legislative day during the period from november 22, 2013, through november 29, 2013, a the journal of the proceeds of the previous day shall be considered as approved and b, the chair may at any time declare the house adjourned to meet at a day and time within the climents of clause 4, section 5, article 1 of the constitution to be announced by the chair in declaring the adjournment. section 3. the chair may appoint members to perform the duties of the chair for the duration of the period addressed by section 2 of this resolution as though you should clause 8a of rule 1. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one hour. mr. burgess: i thank the speaker. for the purposes of debate only i yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentleman from
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massachusetts, mr. mcgovern, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. burgess: during consideration of this resolution all time yielded is for purposes of debate only. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. burgess: house resolution 420 provides for the consideration of a critical piece of legislation that was passed by the committee on energy and commerce designed to address the costly and unnecessary delays which many businesses experience when trying to get a final determination to be made by the federal government in relation to a pending pipeline. member a member of the committee, mr. pompeo of kansas, the bill's author, has drafted a meaningful piece of legislation taking into account various competing interests involved in the permitting process and has found a fair and just balance for ensuring that our critical infrastru -- infrastructure moves toward.
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-- forward. the rule before us today provides for one hour of general debate on the bill. five of the six amendments submitted to the rules committee were made in order, all democratic amendments. the sixth was neither germane nor did it meet the cut-go rules of the house. finally the minority is offered the customary motion to recommit on the bill, allowing for yet another opportunity to amend the legislation. h.r. 1900, the natural gas pipeline permit regular form act, is the product of hours of work with stake holders mr. pompeo has put in to improve the legislation. the bill streamline ours nation's pipeline permitting processes in an effort to allow greater capacity and promote safe infrastructure. specifically the bill directs the federal energy regulatory commission to approve or deny a permit application for new natural gas pipeline within a 12-month time. natural gas is one they have
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clearest examples of how this country can move itself toward a more sustainable energy independent future while at the same time allowing and encouraging our economy to grow. my own district in north texas sits 8,000 feet above the barnett shale a natural gas formation industry has been using to produce gas for decades. indeed, due to the technological advances and strong market, the area i represent fell felt -- felt few of the effects of the recession until at least a year after the recession was initiated due to the booming economy that resulted from the development of resources that occur underneath our feet. obviously with increased production and demand we've seen with the natural gas industry comes an increased need for infrastructure. i welcome legislation to streamline the permitting process and allow companies to spend less time with washington bureaucrats and more time creating jobs, producing
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products consumers want and are eager to buy. indeed, with the increase in supply that hydraulic fracturing has created with natural gas, the pace at which the federal government has approved increased infrastructure, namely pipelines to transport this commodity, has not kept up. pipelines provide the safest, fastest, cleanest mode of transportation for natural gas as we in the energy and commerce committee have heard from witnesses again and again, making certain that our country has the number of pipelines necessary for transporting the gas we need to heat our homes and run our cars. it's a critical step toward energy independence. moreover, members of the body who annually support more robust programs for program -- or programs like the low-income home energy assistance program, liheap, should be joining with republicans today in supporting an increase in pipeline
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infrastructure in our country as the natural gas produced in western states could more efficiently be transported to the northeastern states reducing home heating costs and lessening the need for government assistance for many families. . mr. speaker, this bill is an important bill. it will create opportunity to put thousands of workers to work. creating the infrastructure that this country has needed for some time due to the energy boom in natural gas. i encourage my colleagues to vote yes on the rule and yes on the underlying bill. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank the gentleman from texas for yielding me the time. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mcgovern: i also rise in opposition to this rule and the underlying bill. mr. speaker, it appears that this republican-controlled house of representatives is incapable of doing anything that matters in people's lives.
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when the history is written on the 113th congress, especially as it pertains to the house of representatives, they have accomplished nothing. they have made a lot of noise. they shut the government down. they whine about the health care bill every chance they get. but they have accomplished absolutely nothing. it is frustrating because our country is facing great challenges. our economic growth is slower than it should be, thanks to the republican shutdown of government and their willingness to play politics with the debt ceiling has all had a negative impact on our economy. job growth is too slow. and we should be working together to invest in education and job training and a infrastructure project to help put people back to work. we have to have a long-term highway bill. i think every governor in the country, republican and democrat, would agree with me on that statement. yet this house of representatives just seems incapable of accomplishing anything to help rebuild our
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infrastructure. the sequester that my republican friends embraced has taken a terrible toll on our science and research programs. talk to the people at n.i.h., potentially lifesaving research into diseases like cancer and parkinson's disease have been crippled. yet there's no urgency over on the side of my friends on the other side of the aisle to try to do anything about it. they just sit there and twiddle their thumbs and life goes on. meanwhile we are losing our competitive edge in medical research and in science. the senate has passed a bipartisan comprehensive immigration bill. the republican leadership claims that we simply don't have the time to take it up. that's nonsense. we had time to take up this horrible bill that my colleague from iowa, mr. king, authored that would allow for the mass deportation of young undocumented immigrants that the so-called dreamers were brought
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here as children by their parents, they have time to demagogue these issues, but actually fix our broken immigration system, they claim we don't have any time. today's "washington post" editorial, john boehner must act on immigration now. i'd like to ask unanimous consent that that be put in the record, mr. speaker. just so my colleagues understand this. when my friends on the other side of the aisle say they don't have time, the republicans will take four out of five days off for the rest of the year. that's how hard they are working on behalf of the american people. four out of five days remain interesting now until the end of the year they are going to take off. that is not doing your job, mr. speaker. that is not doing your job. instead of dealing with these important issues, we have this bill before us now that's come to the floor, h.r. 1900. the bill before us is a rather -- is rather curious, rather than solving a problem that actually exists, it's a solution in search of a problem.
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it's just another partisan messaging bill that's going nowhere in the senate. the white house has already said they would veto it. h.r. 1900 would require the energy regulatory commission to approve or deny an application for natural gas pipeline within 12 months of its filing date. ferc already decides 92% of permit applications within 12 months, and the g.a.o. has concluded that its pipeline permitting process is predictable and consistent and gets pipelines built. the small percentage of applications that have taken more than a year involve complex proposals that deserve a more thoughtful review. and instead of speeding up the permitting process, this bill will lead to unnecessary permit denials. and increase litigation that will ultimately slow the process down. if ferc cannot properly review permits within the rigid 12-month deadline, they may be forced to deny applications that would otherwise end up being approved.
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for me, the most troubling part of h.r. 1900 is that it may result in truncated or inadequate environmental analysis which threatens the health and safety of communities these potentially hazardous pipelines run through. just last week a chevron pipeline exploded in mill forward texas, forcing the entire town to evacuate. mr. speaker, it isn't too much to ask the oil and gas industry to go through a process to make sure that these pipelines are safe. i urge my colleagues to vote no on this rule on the underlying bill and i urge my republican colleagues to get back to work on solving real problems on behalf of the american people. enough of the press releases. enough of this polarizing rhetoric and these meaningless debates that we seem to be consumed with here in the house of representatives. people want us to work on their behalf. to do things that will improve
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their lives, that will strengthen our country. instead my friends on the other side of the aisle seem to be cheering four or country to fail all the time and bringing this kind of stuff to the floor which is going nowhere and is meaningless. at this point, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: mr. speaker, i'll reserve the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. speaker, at this time it's my privilege to yield two minutes to the gentleman from texas, mr. green. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for two minutes. mr. green: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank my colleague. i rise today in opposition to the rule and to h.r. 1900. as many of my colleagues are awar, natural gas is extremely important to the state of texas. it seems like every day more and more natural gas foss its are being found. -- deposits are being found. more importantly with the commercialization of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, we are now able to
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develop these resources effectively and economically. that's half the story. once we found these resources we need a way to move them to market in a safe and environmentally responsible way. in 1956 the united states decided it was our best interest to build a network of highways. these highways totaled approximately 47,000 miles, moved goods to market, and dramatically expanded commerce. it may surprise some but the interstate and intrastate pipeline system is approximately seven times larger than the highway system in the united states. the natural gas pipeline system in this country is critical and extensive infrastructure. the permitting and review process that's required to cite and construct pipelines in this country has ensured an environmental safety record that is second to none. that doesn't mean there's still going to be problems, but again when you consider the amount of miles we have. unfortunately, i can't support this particular bill. i support a expedited review process and expansion of the pipeline system, and our
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intrastate pipelines, natural gas pipeline system is not broken. i cannot support a bill that would issue a license or permit or approval after merely an expired timeline. in testimony the federal energy regulatory commission, the ferc, in our committee has an average of about a year turn around. i want to continue to support the construction of pipelines and the support is firmly backed by safety records that's unmatched. i'll continue to support an industry that's been an engine of our economic growth for the last decade. this bill is a solution in search of a problem. i look forward to working with my colleagues in the future on another approach that will benefit both stakeholders and our environment and economy. and i encourage my colleagues to oppose the rule and the bill and i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: i reserve the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, at this time it's my privilege to yield five minutes to
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the gentleman from maryland, our distinguished whip, mr. hoyer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized for five minutes. i see er: mr. speaker, four people in the gallery. i see three members on the floor. the galleries are empty. the floor is empty. because we are not doing anything. and it's not because we don't ave a lot of things to do. e have six, seven if you count tomorrow, where we will leave by in the x full days left session in 2013.
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and yet we fiddle here while the country sees itself burning. on bills that are going nowhere, that have no priority, and deal with the subject energy which happily is one of the most successful places we are at in america today. where we are fast becoming the energy independent, low-cost energy of the world. and we have no budget conference coming to this floor scheduled, in the six full days we have left, and the two other days that may be counted in which we come in at :30 and meet for probably a half-hour or -- 6:po and -- 6:30 and meet for probably a half our or hour and vote on suspension bills. yet we have spent in this entire week, we left, of course, hardworking day yesterday, we
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left doing work at 2:30 in the afternoon. no bunt conference -- budget conference. no fiscal policy. no solution to the crisis that confronted us when we shut down government. i urge that we have a budget conference report by november 22nd, that's tomorrow. so that we didn't, as our practice has been in recent months and years, to confront real issues only when crisis gives us no other alternative. no immigration reform has been brought to the floor. although it passed the senate with 68 votes. comprehensive immigration reform which will address a problem that every member on this house
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says is an immigration system hat is broken. the majority leader said that the other day. and i asked him about the four bills that our republican friends, mr. speaker, have reported out of committee. but they languish somewhere in the netherworld, not brought to the floor for consideration by this house. and yet we have time to consider bills that will have no impact, which the president says he'll veto, and are not bipartisan bills were reported out of committee on a partisan fashion, as somewhat the legislation we consider on the house floor is. partisan, nonconfrontational, yet a comprehensive immigration reform bill that had 68 votes, over 2/3 of the united states senate, 14 republicans, voted for that bill. yet the speaker says he's not for it and won't bring it to the
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floor. that's the same speaker that says let the house work its will. the house cannot work its will if the legislation is not brought to the floor by the house, which can only be done by the republican majority, mr. speaker, as you know. so they keep that bill from being considered, although c.b.o. says it will help the economy, grow jobs, and fix a broken system. six full days left to go on the schedule in 2013. yet the farm bill reported out of the committee two years ago on a bipartisan fashion, in the last congress but never brought to this floor. while we twiddled our thumbs while rome burned. the farm bill lies languishing in conference committee because
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a bipartisan bill passed by the united states senate was not considered in this house, but a partisan bill with almost no democratic votes, and the second piece of that farm bill, the nutritional part, with not a single democratic vote -- may i have -- mr. mcgotsche: i yield two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. hoyer: it lies languishing in a conference committee because it was passed in an extraordinarily partisan fashion. the american people say let's act bipartisanly. we did. with democratic and republican votes, the farm bill came out of the agriculture committee. and turned into a partisan bill on this floor by my republican colleagues. so it languishes. six days left.
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with the farm bill expiring on december 31. no action. no progress. we need to pay our doctors a proper compensation for the services they give. i'm sure the gentleman from the rules committee who is himself a medical doctor understands this necessity. we need to fix the sustainable growth but it languishes somewhere out in the nether world while we have six days left. unfixed, unscheduled. i've asked the majority leader numerous times, it's not going to be brought to the floor. it's not to the floor. discrimination in the workplace. passed by the senate in a bipartisan fashion. enda. not going to be brought to this floor. speaker says he's opposed to it. so the house will not be able to work its will. again, on a piece of legislation that in my opinion would have a majority on the votes on this floor.
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no doubt in my mind. and i'm the whip, i count votes, mr. speaker, as you know. and it would have the majority of votes on this floor. but the speaker and majority leader will not bring it to this floor. unemployment insurance for 1.2 million people ends on december 31 and we have six days left to go of full work. and two partial days when we come in at 6:30. yet unemployment insurance has not been brought to this floor. to be extended for those 1.1 million people with still 7.2% or 7.3% unemployment. and unemployment insurance, a critically important issue. it's somewhere out there, but not on this floor, while we consider legislation this entire week that the majority knows will not pass. -- will not pass the united
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states senate and will not be signed by the president of the united states even if it was. but they make a message, perhaps, to their base. politics. while the budget conference, immigration reform, the farm bill, the sustainable growth rate, doc reimbursement for medicare patients, discrimination in the workplace, unemployment insurance. to that, ould add tax extenders. none of it on this floor. mr. mcgovern: i yield the gentleman two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hoyer: no one ought to ask themselves why the american people holds this institution in such low regard. none of us who have served in this institution for any period of time are proud of what we're doing in this congress. -- we lament the
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unwillingness of the leadership of this house to have us do work that the american public knows we must be doing. and so, mr. speaker, i rise. i rise today in support of the previous question. this is not just an ordinary previous question. what this previous question says, we will not adjourn, american people. we will not adjourn. on december 13 as is projected by the majority to be the date on which we adjourn. we will not adjourn until such time as we have done the important work that the american people expect of us. the responsible work that the american people expect of us. the work that we ought to expect of ourselves.
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so we consider this bill. but i would hope that we would defeat the previous question and if we defeat the previous question, then we will bring to this floor a resolution which will say, we shall not adjourn until we have done a budget conference that precludes fiscal crisis, shutting down government a refusal to pay america's debts. that we pass an immigration reform bill that fixes what a broken knows is system, until we bring a farm bill to the floor which will preclude farmers and consumers and those who need nutritional help being put at risk. one additional minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. hoyer: thank you, mr. speaker. i have in my hand a letter, this is not a letter from
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democrats,s that letter from 13 republicans, leaders, chairs, of subcommittees of the appropriation committee that say to the budget conference committee, bring a solution to the floor before the thanksgiving break and no later than december 2. and yet, ladies and gentlemen -- and yet, ladies and gentlemen of this house, mr. speaker, and yes, mr. speaker, all of us speak to the american people who ought to be asking we waste , why do time when so much important work remains to be done. defeat the previous question. allow us to offer a resolution which will say to the american people, we will continue to work until we get your work done. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman yields back. the gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mcgovern: i want to associate myself with the remarks of our distinguished whip. it is frustrating to serve in the people's house and to watch as this leadership purposely tries to avoid doing the people's business. it is frustrating when you go home and talk to farmers and they want to know where the farm bill is. it is frustrating when you talk to people about immigration and they look at what happened in the united states senate where it passed overwhelmingly with bipartisan support. we can't even get anything scheduled here. we can't get anything scheduled here. it is frustrating when people, you know, are still reeling over the fact that the republicans shut the government down and they want to make sure we don't repeat it and yet we
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have no budget resolution, no budget conference that's been put together. to make sure we are on a road map, we don't have any more of these ted cruz-led shutdowns around here. so it is frustrating. and i think the gentleman from maryland said it very clearly, that the american people are frustrated. it's not just democrats, it is democrats and republicans that are frustrated. and -- >> parliamentary inquiry, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will state his -- does the gentleman yield? the gentleman from massachusetts yield in mr. mcgovern: yes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will state his inquiry. >> is it in order to refer to members of the other body by name? the speaker pro tempore: the chair will not provide advisory pinions.
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mr. mcgovern: we don't want another ted cruz-led shutdown here in the senate. the american people are fed up with that. as the distinguished minority whip pointed out, we're not even in session more than six days from now until the end of the year. which is absolutely unconscionable. and you said, well, maybe the republicans are planning to do something, you know in the future. maybe they have an agenda for the future and then we read in politico that last thursday a group of house republicans filed into majority leader cantor's office suite and received a blank piece of paper labeled agenda 2014, just like this, mr. speaker. this is their agenda for 2014. a republican aide put it more bluntly by say, what we have done so far this year clearly hasn't worked. this is their ageneral ka for next year. might as well be the agenda for the rest of this year. it's nothing. nothing that's improving the
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quality of life for the people that we represent. and again, it fuels a cynicism that the country majority party here doesn't seem to care about what happens to regular people. and that is very disconcerting. i guess they go back and say that their big accomplishment was that they complained about the affordable care act. over 40-something times they've brought bills to the floor to try to repeal it, never offering an altern toiv to improve it. never giving an alternative idea to help address the fact that tens of millions of our citizens don't have health insurance and millions do have health insurance but it's not health insurance, because when they get sick they realize they've been paying for a policy that provides them nothing. there's no alternative agenda to try to address those issues. it's just, they're against it. i guess it's easy to say no but the bottom line is i think the american people are looking for us to say yes to some things. so mr. speaker, if we defeat
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the previous question, i will offer an amendment to the rule to bring up house resolution 424, ranking member slaughter's resolution, prohibiting an adjournment of the house until we adopt a budget conference report. what that means is that we should not adjourn until we to our job. that shouldn't be a radical idea. i'd like to think there's bipartisan consensus that we ought to -- ought to do our job. that's what this would require. mr. speaker, i ask madam speaker consent to insert the text of the amendment in the record along with extraneous materials -- along with extraneous material immediately prior to the vote on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. mcgovern: i urge my colleagues to vote no and defeat the previous question, i urge a no vote on the rule and the underlying bills which to be honest with you are a waste of our time. they are going nowhere in the senate and the president has issued a veto threat on them. with that, mr. speaker, with one last urging of my
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republican colleagues to stay here and do your work, with that, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: i thank the speaker. i yield myself the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. burgess: you know, mr. speaker, it was a little over a year ago, the american people went to the polls and in their wisdom, they elected divided government. they knew what divided government looked like. they had seen it for the two years prior. the president came to town in 2009 and promised a lot of sweeping changes and he delivered on those sweeping changes during the first two years of his administration. had a health care bill passed. health care bill passed without a single republican vote. you talk about a partisan vote. the patient protection and affordable care act was a partisan vote and
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unfortunately, we're seeing now, as we have convulsed the country with these changes that are occurring within the insurance system, we see the changes that are going to occur to our providers, our doctors, our hospitals, our nurses in the months ahead, this is a serious situation and it requires serious action be taken. i won't apologize for any action that's been taken by the majority in this house to try to rein in the excesses of the administration and the previous democrat controlled congress when they took over one sixth of the nation's economy in a partisan fashion without a ingle republican vote. of the sequester was passed in august of 2011. was passed at the request of the president. the gentleman's talked about shutdowns and defaults in the government, you remember that
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the sequester was the compromise proposed by the president and the office of management and budget at the white house in order to prevent defaulting on our debt? a very difficult vote for many in this house. but what has the sequester delivered? the sequester delivered what no one had been able to deliver previous -- in the four years previously and that is a federal budget deficit below $1 trillion. doesn't sound like a big ask that the american people had, we want you to stop spending so much money, the sequester delivered on that promise. i find it strange now that the gentleman from massachusetts will impugn the integrity of people who voted in favor of that sequester when the president and the minority leader of the house of representatives now want to take credit for the fact that the deficit was cut in half over the last four years. the only reason it was cut in half is they raised it to
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unsustainable levels and the sequester reined that back. in it's likely that the deficit and the end of fiscal year 2014 will be lower if we don't do something to damage the trajectory we are on. immigration bill passed by the senate, i don't think it's here at the house. i think it's got an origination problem and it's unconstitutional. if there's a bill at the desk, i'd be happy to look at it but i don't think that has occurred. and the gentleman knows that. this bill that we're considering today would lower the price of natural gas delivered to consumers in the state of massachusetts. i have a table prepared by the committee on energy and commerce, the average price for natural gas, the national average is $9.19 per thousand cubic feet. in massachusetts it's $13.18. so this is a bill today that could deliver product to the gentleman's constituents in massachusetts at a much more
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reasonable price. this sounds to me like a bill that will help the economy. this sounds to me like a bill that would create jobs for the american people. i'd ask unanimous consent that the table prepared by the committee of energy and commerce be put in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. . burgess: the minority whip talked about the doc fix. our committee, the committee of the energy and commerce passed in a bipartisan fashion a repeal of the sustainible growth rate formula. i think it's a good bill. it's a bill where we had participation from both sides of the dieas, not a single consent -- dias, not a single consenting vote right before the august recess. there is another body here in the capitol building, they are considering their own version of a similar bill in the appropriate finance committee over in the other body. i don't want to prejudge or
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preclude what they will or won't do. i am anxious for them to do something that would give us a negotiating point where we could consider moving forward with a final repeal of this problem. but in fact, the legislative branch consists of two bodies. this body and the other body on the other side. until the finance committee acts, there's little more that the energy and commerce can do to push that bill forward. mr. speaker, today's rule provides for consideration of a critical bill, to ensure our energy infrastructure needs are being met. mr. pompeo has done a good job. i applaud him and our committee for the thoughtful legislation. i urge my colleagues to support both the rule and the underlying bill. i'm now prepared to yield back the balance of my time and move the previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time.
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the question is on ordering the previous question on the resolution. all those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: on that i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20, the chair will reduce to five minutes the minimum time for any electronic vote on the question of adoption. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 223, the nays are 1956789 the previous is que so ordered. the question is on adoption of the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair the ayes have it. >> mr. speaker. i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those favoring a recorded vote will rise, a sufficient number having risen a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this will be a five-minute
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 225 and the nays are 194. the resolution is adopted. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman - the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 419 and rule 18, the chair declares the house in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for
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further consideration of h.r. 1965. will the gentleman from arkansas, mr. womack, kindly take the chair? the chair: the house is in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for further consideration of h.r. 1965 which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: a bill to streamline and ensure onshore energy permitting, provide for onshore leasing certainty and give certainty to oil shale development for american energy security, economic development and job creation and for other purposes. the chair: when the committee of the whole rose on tuesday, november 19, 2013, a request for a recorded vote on amendment number 8 printed in part a of house report 113-271 by the gentleman from oregon,
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mr. defazio, had been postponed. pursuant to clause 6 of rule 18, proceedings will now resume on those amendments printed in part a of house report 113-271 on which further proceedings were postponed in the following order -- amendment number 2 by ms. jackson lee of texas, amendment number 3 by mr. lone that will of california, lowenthal umber -- f california, amendment number 6 by ms. jackson lee of texas, amendment number 7 by mr. polis of colorado, amendment number 8 by defazio of oregon. the unfinished business -- on which the no, sir prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 2 printed in part a of house report 113-271 offered by ms. jackson lee of texas. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested.
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those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a two-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 199. the nays are 222. the amendment is not adopted. the unfinished business is the request for recorded vote on amendment number 3 printed in part a of house report 113-271 by the gentleman from california, mr. lowenthal, on which further proceedings were postponed and on which the noes prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 3, printed in part a of house report number 113-271, offered by mr. lowenthal of california. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a two-minute vote.